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over a decade ago after 9/11 where george bush to get the patriot act through. huge battles. i want to know is obama ready? does he have the stomach to go into a legislative battle such as he's going to have to have? he wants this committee to report in 60 days that's going to fix the foreign surveillance court, 60 days. he's also got obama care coming up in 60 days and also a continuing resolution coming bin 60 days. do you think he has the stomach for this? >> no. he hasn't shown the character or shown the leadership to be able to do this because look that. he did this press conference on a friday. on a friday afternoon during the middle of august when hoping some people weren't watching and i think the real reason why he did this press conference and why it was so much about the nsa and the spying, was because he saw his negatives in the polling going up over 50%. there's several national polls right now that have his disapproval ratings over 50% and he's got real problems with his base and he was talking to his base today. he was saying know the spying is not that bad. the worst
people are like. >> what could possibly go wrong in eight years of george bush? >> my producer just coughed up a hairball. >>sorry. >>just be grateful current tv doesn't come in "smell-o-vision" >> oh come on! the sweatshirt is nice and all, but i could use a golden lasso. (vo)only on current tv. cenk off air>>> alright in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks! i think the number 1 thing than viewers like about the young turks is that were honest. they know that i'm not bsing them for some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know i'm going to be the first one to call them out. cenk on air>> what's unacceptable is how washington continues to screw cenk off air>>> i don't want the middle class taking the brunt of the spending cuts and all the different programs that wind up hurting the middle class. cenk on air>>> you got to go to the local level, the state level and we have to fight hard to make sure they can't buy our politics anymore. cenk off air>>> and they can question if i'm right about that. but i think the audi
. >>> barbara bush, the daughter of former president george bush said she would like to see hillary clinton run in 2016 but did not say she would vote for clinton saying it would depend who she would be running against. >>> michelle obama told parade magazine that the country is ready for its first woman president and mrs. obama said a definite no when asked if she would run in the future. >>> former house speak ser newt gingrich is now on instagram. his first post was a photo of him hanging out with some lemurs. very random indeed. i'm a big fan of lemurs. they're very cute. >>ure like a zologist. >> beyonce and animals give me life. >> that's your therapy? . >> exactly. i love it. if i had told you it was going to be august 16th and we weren't going to have a hurricane yet -- >> i would not have believed you. >> i would have lost a lot of money. here we are is, tropical storm aaron is well out in the atlantic. i have zero concerns with this storm ever affecting anyone listening. as far as the gulf, it doesn't look like it's going to develop anytime either, sending moisture and heavy rain up t
in eight years of george bush? >> my producer just coughed up a hairball. >>sorry. >>just be grateful current tv doesn't come in "smell-o-vision" >> oh come on! the sweatshirt is nice and all, but i could use a golden lasso. (vo)only on current tv. if you believe in state's rights but still support the drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think there is any chance we'll ever hear the president even say the word "carbon tax"? >> with an opened mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned great leadership so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter) >> cutting throught the clutter of today's top stories. >> this is the savior of the republican party? i mean really? >> ... with a unique perspective. >> teddy rosevelt was a weak asmatic kid who never played sports until he was a grown up. >> (laughter) >> ... and lots of fancy buzz words. >> family values, speding, liberty, economic freedom, hard-working moms, crushing debt, cute little p
and george w. bush's approach in the war on terror. i will agree with rick on one point, and that is we do live in a post-benghazi world, especially when it comes to embassy protection. and there are a lot of families of people who were killed at benghazi that wish they'd gone on this sort of alert. so this is, this is, benghazi is the 800-pound elephant that nobody's speaking about on this matter. that's why so many embassies have been shut down. but i don't know that there would be a lot of people saying it's because of the tim duncan ti of barack obama but rather the mistakes made in benghazi. >> look, drone policy is one policy. what we've seen is an administration that has refused to confront radical islam, that embraced the muslim brotherhood in egypt and now you see the consequences of that and what's happened there. they have not been -- they won't even use the word "terror." they have withdrawn politically from the engagement and fight. yeah, sure, they're going after bad guys with drone programs, but that is not a comprehensive policy -- >> but, rick, i have not, if you've watche
don't think about him anymore. what does k.g.b. thug mean? wasn't the first george bush the head of the c.i.a.? >> nobody ever called george bush a thug. >> maybe that's the point. by the way, i don't know anything that putin has done thuggish. >> rose: really? >> he just has a terrific wit. personally. what has he done? >> rose: well, i don't know. >> has he killed anybody? >> rose: well, a lot of journalists have had a hard time in russia. you might argue that the head of russia would be relentless in making sure that that was not circumstances that he would find acceptable in russia. political opponents,, khodorkovsky, look at the whole range of people who challenged putin and found themselves in a very bad place. >> that's correct. the editor of the russian newspaper, the most opposition -- >> rose: this is one gorbachev had some interest in for a sfwhil >> he owns 10%. four or five of its correspondents have been assassinated or killed. four or five. >> rose: by whom? >> here's the answer. >> the leadership of the newspaper, the editors of this newspaper do not believe for a
it was reasonable why it was george bush, bill clinton, ronald reagan, any president who takes the time to speak to the american people where they are, be that's his obligation. i thought it was a good idea. as long as is he doesn't choose to only speak to jay leno, i think this is fine for obama to do. >> to stay on the issue of the terror alerts because that is obviously major news at the moment, 19 embassies and consulates, u.s. consulates closed around the world. there were drone strikes in yemen, two attacks were foiled also in yemen. there's obviously a lot of things happening behind the scenes that we don't know about. as you say, the president comes on jay leno sort of tells us what he can tell us. but do you think perhaps he was able to allay fears as to the terror alert that americans are exposed to at the moment? >> i don't think so. i mean, and unfortunately, it's because i think fear is just a part of american life now. i mean, since 9/11, we're sort of dulled to the pain, but we live with the expectation that the men and women who are fighting abroad in the middle east, that the me
was defending him. i think he was loyal because larry summers did help him get out of the mess that george bush left us in economically. >> yes. >> as a liberal, i think he did help us get out of the mess and i think the president was personally loyal and i think he's prickly about not everybody criticizing his picks, when every other president got whoever they want to serve with them. >> we heard administration is po d frankly. if she's qualified, she's qualified and we'll pick her why is the left wing media making this about gender? this person is qualified. we don't have to make the case, do it because they check a diversity box. >> erin, because gender is an easy story. like trayvon martin and george zimmerman, that was turned into white versus black or white hispan hispanic. it's easier to talk about man versus woman, mr. obama this is your chance to show you're in a woman's corner. forget qualifications and past policy decisions. it's about let's apoint her so we can satisfy a quota. let's play nancy pelosi. >> i think it would be great to have a first woman of the chairmen fed. yellen wo
]. >> you know what those people are like. >> what could possibly go wrong in eight years of george bush? >> my producer just coughed up a hairball. >>sorry. >>just be grateful current tv doesn't come in "smell-o-vision" >> oh come on! the sweatshirt is nice and all, but i could use a golden lasso. (vo)only on current tv. >> did anyone tell the pilgrims they should self-deport? >> no, they said "make us a turkey and make it fast". >> (laughter). >> she gets the comedians >> that's the best! >> that's hilarious. >> ... and the thinkers thinking. >> okay, so there is wiggle room in the ten commandments is what you're telling me. >> she's joy behar. >> ya, i consider you jew-talian. >> okay, whatever you want. >> who plays kafka? >> who saw kafka? >> who ever saw kafka? >> (laughter). >> asking the tough questions. >> chris brown, i mean you wouldn't let one of your daughters go out with him. >> absolutely not. >> you would rather deal with ahmadinejad then me? >> absolutely! >> (singing) >> i take lipitor, thats it. >> are you improving your lips? >> (laughter). >> when she's talking, you
are recalling images of the start of your rack war. tony blair was george bush's poodle. the nickname haunted him throughout the rest of the tenure in office. the cartoon in the financial times today puts it, easy the man asking in london -- the man in washington wants to know what we have to say to our man in london, basically. that is how the story has been playing out. jeremy, reacting to that other story, they reacted by saying that there is a close intelligence relationship between the uk and the u.s. and a number of other countries including australia and canada's mapping and nor is everything shared. >> all we know is that there is a very close relationship, a sharing of databases, a great deal of information. an incredible ease by which the u.s. can extract anyone and put them on trial. it is hard to keep things happening. we see this extension of the u.s. paranoia of that security. i think this is just another example of that great paranoia. this is, frankly, harassment and the partner of the journalists that happened to be traveling through heathrow airport. this was a very big pers
is not cross examining them. >>> former president george w. bush is expected to be released from a dallas hospital this morning. he underwent a procedure to clear a clogged artery yesterday. doctors placed a stent in the artery. they discovered the blockage during his annual physical monday. our chief medical correspondent is with us. explain the procedure, if you would, that the president had. >> over time you can develop plaque in an artery supplying the heart muscle. in a stenting procedure, a tiny catheter is introduced right up to that area of blockage and a balloon is introduced to below up that blockage and then a stent is placed to keep it open. >> is that the only way to treat a blockage? >> no therein lies a huge controversy. you would thing, would you not, if you have a blocked artery the person will do better. but it's not true. the only time stenting has been shown to either prolong life or prevent a heart attack is if a person is having a heart attack or a near heart attack but 80% of people getting this elective procedure don't know that. now, cardi
communications director for presidents george w. bush and former senior adviser for the 2008 mccain presidential campaign, nicolle wallace. we have the chairman of deutsch incorporated. >> what's with the glasses? >> they're new. >> vanity glasses. >> are they? >> can i see them, please? >> i have -- >> are they real? >> willie and i like to go up and down madison avenue on saturdays and we saw this -- >> put them on and find out they are not real. let's see. oh, my god, they're vanity glasses. try. >> those are reading glasses. >> they look good ob you. >> allows him to make a point like this too. >> eyes look bigger. >> all right. that is subtle and in washington, msnbc political analyst and former chairman of the republican national committee, michael steele. good to have you all on board this morning. >> good morning. >> vanity glasses and all. get right into it. >> willie and i do want to first point out, radio for europe, one of the great songs -- >> we haven't heard it recently on the show. >> no. >> r.e.m. >> cold war overtures. >> perfect. all right. speaking of, there is no love loss b
want to play what he said last night. >> they put up with george bush, i, bob dole. we are disappointed with george w. and then by mitt romney. now coming loaded for bear for 2016. i predict the hard right will take over the republican party in 2016 and the nomination is going to -- rand paul. the. >> what do you think about that, cheryl? rand paul with 16% behind chris christie at 21. is he h the won to watch that has the structure, grassroots structure that a republican party nominee needs? >> i don't think so. with george w. bush you had an idealogue who successfully pretended to be a prague mattist to get into office. with romney you have a pragmatist who tried to convert himself into an idealogue. with chris christie you have the pragmatist versus paul the idealogue. i think republicans are desperate for someone who's tacking more to the center to policies that, in fact, most americans prefer. >> steve, you were smiling. what's your take? >> i was smiling because with all due respect to chris matthews rand paul has a long-term problem. he's a crack pot problem. the southern avenger
kidnapper. their details next. >>> when george w. bush went under the knife to clear a heart artery, it shocked many. here's this week's american journey. >> reporter: george w. bush has been regarded by many as the most fit president ever. mountain bikes, swimming, golfing, weight lifting, and laboring on his ranch. he was found in excellent health with no history of diabetes or hypertension and low to very low coronary artery disease risk. so when physicians found a heart blockage and inserted a stent to reopen an artery, some people may have been stunned but not dr. baron lerner. >> i think it is an instructive case that people should go to the doctor and not just assume because they exercise a lot they don't necessarily have a heart problem. >> reporter: he wrote a book called "when illness goes public." when celebrities get ill, this is what happens. public reaction rises sharply. betty ford first disclosed she had breast cancer, the number of screenings rose. when katie couric's husband died of prostate cancer, screenings for that rose too. >> i think it comes out and people p
working in intelligence while serving in the air force. former president george w. bush appointed him as a member of the cia in 2006. his mission was to strengthen information gathering capabilities. hayden oversaw the controversial surveillance of domestic communication carried out without warrants. snowden's case he said is very different from any other information leak in the past. >> it's not a glass of water or a bucket of water or a cup of water. that's bad enough. what snowden revealed is what i call the plumbing. he revealed how it isry acquire information and the sources and the methods we use to go out and get this data for the safety and for the liberty of american citizens. >> snowden first took refuge in hong kong before flying to moscow. he suspects that snowden may have leaked confidential information to officials in china and russia. >> i do know both the chinese and the russian services are sophisticated. and therefore i have every expectation that we will be using all the tools available to them if they thought that in these computers or thumb drives or disks or what
. >> driving off on the jet ski. >>> time for a look ahead. a spokesman for george w. bush says he plans to return to his normal schedule today. he was released from a dallas hospital on wednesday after undergoing surgery to place a stint in a blocked heart artery. >>> the national oceanic and atmospheric administration released an updated forecast for the 2013 atlantic hurricane season. and also happy birthday to roger federer who turns 32. connie stevens, 75. and oscar winner dustin hoffman turns 76. >>> keep . >>> we are following breaking news a. shooting rampage in the dallas area involving at least two different locations. we're learning children are among the victims. we'll have all the datest details next. >>> the head of one south bay school district under scrutiny accused of skroewing test resul. >>> a library sitting without any books. it could stay that way for some time. what's stopping one south bay city for opening its newest library. >>> let's take a camera shot outside. this is a live look. attempting in the darkness to see your golden gate bridge. want to talk about smo
country the case had to be made all the way up to condoleezza rice. and then that had to go up to george bush who had to approve it as the president has to approve the rendition. the only way costelli could get approval is if silvio berlusconi was on board of with it, and the head of the cia was on board with it. the italians had to be the law enforcement group on the ground to arrest. >> they had to be the ones to grab him? >> they had to be the ones to arrest him, and then turn him over to the americans. that's the we it was supposed to function. the italian intelligence decided they were not going to be part of this. and silvio berlusconi said absolutely not. they didn't have the authority to do this for berlusconi. they were not allowed to be involved in renditions. and finally, they also discovered a few weeks later, that the italian law enforcement had omar under surveillance for two years. and they could not disrupt -- >> they picked up because -- >> they were not allowed by law to disrupt that investigation. >> if jeffrey costelli was the architect of this whole plan, how was he
not have become presidents of the united states that would be a shame. bill clinton, george bush, and barack obama. it seems more like an argument for mmre energetic greg apprehensions, not more leniency. ♪ forget the recess, forget detente. president obama's prescription is not exactly the first move toward a cordial relations. national security analyst next. ♪ ♪ lou: president obama denying that his relationship with president putin is bad, but then he said this about putin. you figure it out. >> i don't have a bad personal relationship with putin. when we have conversations they are candid, blunt, oftentimes constructive. i know the press likes to focus on body language, and he has that kind of slouched looking like the board to kate in the back of the classroom lou: well, if that is a good relationship and i don't know. those comments after canceling a moscow summit over the edward snowden assigned -- asylum. behaving like teenage ways. joining us now, former national security analysts, great to have you with this. there is something disconcerting about hearing the pres
and the right, by basically going to the right of george bush. he tripled the number of troops in afghanistan when he could have ended the war in the first six months. he increa increased the drone ws around the world, including killing americans with drones. with intelligence aside you can see he basically expanded that. that's the way he has been going all along. i think keeping clapper in there and promoting clapper to head of this committee i think is consistent with the way he has been going defense side agenda. >> and consistently disappointing to so many people who were not expecting this out of this president. james bamford, look for his bo book. thank you for joining us. >> common sense is looking both ways before crossing the street, not marginalizing citizens. >>> only a handful of people showed up for steve king's immigration rally. but his ego is the eyes of a cantaloupe farm. and later a tragic story. this college sophomore was hazed to death, and his congresswoman refuses to do anything about it. the victim's mother will tell us the infuriating reason why. it's tuesday in "the
this, 12 years ago, the american president, george bush said, he looked in vladimir putin's soul and deemed him straightforward and honest. >> that's right. >> look at where we are now. obama didn't criticize putin. he criticized him on a comedy show, jay leno. it tells you how far things have come. >> i forgot about the soul comment. perhaps his soul has changed, perry bacon. >>> the headlines for the week, gold did i ta goldie taylor for next week. >> my headline is president obama in for a long, hot summer or should i say summers? i think that what's happening with larry summers as the potential nod for fed chairman is wrong-headed, misguided for any number of reasons. but i think he's close to this president. he's shown quite a bit of loyalty as part of this inner circle and may very well get the nod. that will in fact upset the president's base in ways i don't think we can cal late. >> it sounds like you're a yellen supporter. >> yes, i am. i think this is, as the president said, one of the most important economic decisions he'll make during the duration of his presidency. t
wrong in eight years of george bush? >> my producer just coughed up a hairball. >>sorry. >>just be grateful current tv doesn't come in "smell-o-vision" >> oh come on! the sweatshirt is nice and all, but i could use a golden lasso. (vo)only on current tv. (vo) later tonight, current tv is the place for compelling true stories. >> jack, how old are you? >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current. >> john: friends, not all that along ago, we were playing where in the world is edward snowden until, of course, he settled into the loving bosom of mother russia. putin will give you asylum or you'll get put in jail. but it turns out the story is much bigger than just ed snowden. do you want to talk conspiracy, my friends, the man snowden is connected to everything happening in the last ten years and we're
. there are all kinds of safeguards built into this. i remember george bush, when he talked about this program, when it was first revealed by the new york times. he said, when al qaeda calls somebody in the united states, i want to know who they are calling. that is kind of the underlying philosophy of this program. talking again -- it always intends to spill over into people thinking, maybe we are monitoring the actual content of their conversations, is we are not all stop this metadata. it is effectively the outside of the envelope that is put in your mailbox. it is that information that is on the envelope. and the date stamp in the postage stamp. would you have people believe that metadata has no significant privacy interest? i would rather, if i had a choice -- i hope not to have either of these choices -- of having every phone conversation i have for 30 days listens to, which is impractical, to have a large number of people doing all my metadata collected for 30 days. i would much rather. >> if it was collected by proctor and gamble or colgate, i would be worried. sometimes, we do not thi
to the american people. vacation,going on that is such a tired, tired excuse. many times did george bush and other presidents go on vacation? people act like they should tell the president what to do. host: i wasn't making a reference to the n, but the fact there's been some talk the president even indicated when he met with the press corps a few weeks ago at a news conference that -- that a news conference would be forthcoming, and some speculated to do so before vacation next week. that is the frame of the question. caller: you're acting like you can tell him what to do. he is the president of the united states. in this congress has tried to tell him what to do. host: thank you from the call. ron has this point -- how about reaching out to congress? former governor and former 2012 republican presidential nominee mitt romney speaking to about 200 donors at lakewood in new hampshire, the headline from the washington times "romney sees a shutdown danger." from hisaiser not far new hampshire summer home. he said in his speech, i badly want obamacare to be stripped of its funds but we need to exercis
of george w. bush, told "people" magazine hillary clinton should run in 2016. she stopped short of saying she'd vote for her, but said clinton is, quote, unbelievably accomplished. at a dark time in politics when it seems the parties can't even agree on what they disagree about, that goes a long way. we need more barbara bushes in the beltway. it was a pleasant surprise to hear from her. she's not the first one in her family to speak positively about the clintons. george w. bush has come out and said she knows what it means to work under pressure. regardless of how you view the clintons or the bushes, both families know what public service is all about or what public service should be all about. you know, ultimately it should be about getting results. it should be about making people's lives better. unfortunately, we've lost sight of that in politics today. if you give someone a compliment or you serve someone on the opposite side of the political aisle, you're seen as weak. you're seen as someone that, you know, is a traitor, essentially. this comes from personal experience. i spent a lo
of the -- you could -- does the ghost of tony blair and george w. bush and saddam hussein hung heavily over parliament? >> absolutely. in all the -- not just skepticism, almost cynicism about the what the government says about the intelligence was the back drop. it's larger than that. i think something has been going on for years, if not decades in europe, gradual weakening of commitment to defense, preoccupation of -- >> what do you make of o-- ow hm france saying we need a political solution. i would love france to come forward with this magic political solution. this is like richard nixon's secret plan to end vietnam in 1968. there's not one. >> exactly. there's not going to be a political solution to syria. syria sill in the relatively early phases over a prolonged civil war. what's interesting about britain, a country that distanced itself from europe over economic issues and now distancing itself from the united states over strategic issues. this is small britain, small europe. we've ended the era -- >> why is that? how does europe find itself in a position or britain where it's separ
. >>> former president george w. bush doing well and expected to leave a dallas hospital today after undergoing heart surgery. doctors inserted a stent to open a blocked artery. the blockage was discovered monday during his annual physical. formerer president bill clinton offered his support to mr. bush. clinton has also had trouble with his heart and had a similar surgery in 2010. >>> dustin hoffman recovering after being treated for cancer. the spokesperson telling "people" magazine the cancer was detected early. he's been couragecally cured. no word on what type of cancer it was. hoffman is said to be in good health and feeling great. how are you feeling? feeling lucky? tonight is the big powerball drawing. $425 million up for grabs, the fourth largest jackpot ever. you may want to pay attention to where you buy your ticket. a new jersey newspaper did some calculating. over the last decade, pen pen , the luckiest powerball state by far. 16 winners. indiana is second with 111. louisiana, florida and missouri round out the top five. i think there will be some road trips today. >> can i get to
. there is an inspector general. all kinds of safeguards. i met with george bush when he talked about this program when it was first revealed by the new york times. when al qaeda calls somebody in the united states, i want to know who they are calling. that is the underlying philosophy of this program. that is the purpose. we are talking again. it tends to spill over into people thinking we are monitoring their content. we are not. these are metadata. it is outside of the envelope that is sent to your mailbox. that information. and the date stamp and the postage. >> jonathan stray, do you think the director painted an accurate picture of the program? >> i think there is a problem with metadata. it is not the content. who you talk to, who do associate with is in many cases more valuable the private information of what you are saying. there is looking at networks of people and communities and looking at their patterns of influence. i think it is metadata -- oversight -- and they have posters on the wall and regulations and agents monitoring it. i suspect there have been strong and good faith efforts to p
for the george bush administration to protect us from the terrorists. createdthe scandal they by the republicans so they can take points from the democrats won the elections come. from twitter says what is needed is a clear personal data law. kirk is up next from pittsburgh, pennsylvania. on the democrats line -- caller: good morning. would 100% advocate for this nsa program and others like it, if only they would truly concentrate on the real terrorist. this is to belittle what occurred on 9/11 or happened at the boston marathon, but there are tens of thousands of americans that die every year. tot is due to corporate ceos pollute our rivers and streams and even our ocean. did in the gulf of mexico, and here in pennsylvania we have more super clean up sites. the name ofdone in greed versus gluttony. relate that to the surveillance program. survey these corporations, who are murdering tens of thousands of people , get the goods on them, arrest them, try them, and sentence them or execute him for the crimes they are committee. host: will from columbia, tennessee. caller: good morning. thank you c-
. and i think that -- again, does it make a difference who's at the top? when george w. bush was ordering -- then this makes a huge difference. frank in l.a., you're on "the stephanie miller show." hi, frank. >> caller: you know, it is not surprising that the government spies on you but the problem is that they privatized it. why would they pay a private company -- to do this and you don't even know what they're doing with the information. the only allegiance is to the ceo and the stockholders. >> that is probably the biggest thing that snowden did was break -- >> stephanie: we shouldn't be giving jackalopes like him access to security. >> caller: it is obscene. they don't make a profit. >> stephanie: right. >> caller: and you have people that are dedicated when they work for the government, they're dedicated because they want their pensions. they want to retire. >> stephanie: that's the point you made, chris. first of all, i feel like greenwald used him. he put him up to this. he didn't go into this job to serve -- >> and now snowden -- >> stephanie: he did this to leak all of this stuff
under president george w. bush warns the laws could damage the gop. a full breakdown on that next from washington. >>> plus as the crisis continues in egypt word that two top islamist groups are trying to develop a truce with the egyptian military. arthel: a new democratic group launching a nationwide effort to make it easier for anyone who wants to vote to cast a ballot. their goal is to crack down on voter i.d. laws in several states. they claim discrimination against minorities. meantime, many conservatives say voter i.d. laws are necessary to stop voter fraud. chief congressional correspondent is live in washington. tell us more about this tug of war that is going on over voting. >> good morning. democratic group has launched what it's calling a 50 state initiative to promote reforms making it easier to vote. they're expected to push legislation similar to a law in colorado that requires all elections to be conducted by mail. attorney general eric holder has his sights set on the texas voter i.d. law. holder said over the weekend, the struggle must and will go on in the cause for o
. >> a former white house political director under president george w. bush, and maxwell, a democratic strategist and contributor for ebony.com, thank you both for joining us. >> thank you, heather. >> just to summaryize, the idea is to freeze the current undocumented -- in place, give them work permits and perhaps for a better deal under the next president. the move would not be without precedent for this administration. stopped the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth through its deferred action program. politically some argue that all president obama needs to implement plan b is proof congress can't get the job done. matt, is this a possibility? and what is the fallout? >> you know, heather, i guess obama would never surprise me by doing something like this with so many other things he's done. he believes in raw president shshl power. i think it would be a massive mistake. i think democratic leadership would be very upset about this. it would be in essence taking this issue out of the hands of the elected officials in congress whose job it is to adjudicate on t
's not a question of do we trust president obama or george bush, the real question is are we going to trust government palin. my answer is no. cenk: i would go further, though. i would ask the question can we trust president obama. they always say it's in the future. well, my god, what if a republican came into office. we had a republican named bush. we elected a guy who put up a lot of placards that said change and then decided not to change a damn thing and then expanded the programs. we found out yesterday that the d.e.a. is actually using some of the spying to go after criminal cases, normal average criminal cases in the united states and covering it up from the prosecutors, judges and of course the defense attorneys. so, it's here. it's already here. so, canning man grayson, i ask you as i often do, what in the world happened to president obama that the guy who ran on change said no, i love what the bush-cheney administration did and i'm going to continue it and build upon it? >> well, it turns out that president obama in some respects is a deeply conflicted person who always looks for
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